I was on hunt for a special birthday cake, and didn’t want to settle for anything less than the best. That’s when I was recommended to check into Black Star Pastry in Newtown. Sure enough, I quickly found many rave reviews crowning their Strawberry Watermelon Cake with Rose Cream as “the best cake in Sydney”.
Lucky for me, this little cafe is extremely easy to get to, and with that I recommend all tourists passing through Sydney to make a stop at this shop. Newtown Train Station is only a few stops away from central Sydney (CBD) and Black Star Pastry is just a 2-3 minute walk from the station itself. In fact, if you’re a foodie of any sort, I recommend a visit to Newtown. It’s a lively area with many unique independent boutiques and cafes, as well as a slew of amazing eateries.
Black Star Pastry is very small cafe. There are a few seats along the store front window inside, and a long wooden bench just outside the shop with a few tiny stool tables. Even though I came at a odd time of day (2pm on a Thursday) there were quite a few people popping in for coffee and a few pastries. As for me, I only had one goal and headed straight towards their pastry display.
All the cakes were around $6-7 for a small square. Everything looked lovely and I contemplated getting a few varieties, but it just wouldn’t work for a birthday cake. That’s when I saw the famous Strawberry Watermelon Cake.
It was beautiful as they all say. Seriously – a colourful, delicious looking piece of art. A beautiful layered cake of almond dacquoise, rose water cream, fresh watermelon, jelly glazed strawberries, pistachios, blueberries, and edible dried rose petals! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a cake so perfectly made. I asked the server then if it was possible to do a bigger cut (about 4 servings) and they were happy to do so without hesitation. And I was pleasantly surprised when the total came to just $24. That’s a savings of $4! Yay!
Carrying the cake home, I was quite concerned with how the cream would hold up. But despite the hot summer heat, my cake did not turn to a sloshy mess.
It remained just as pretty. Even prettier close up. I can’t say this enough. As tough as it was to dig in, we had to. To my delight, it tasted just as it looked: light, refreshing, and yes, best cake I’ve ever had. There is a bit of a tangy-ness to it, and the sweetness was very minimal. Perhaps those that like heavier, sweeter treats may be wanting more, but this one I can imagine would make it to everyone’s “dream wedding cake” list. It’s definitely on the top of mine.
Overall:Their Strawberry Watermelon Cake is amazing. It's beautiful. It's fragrant, and I didn't ever think cakes could be, but wow. Such an inventive creative cake that makes the trip to Newtown for a visit, truly a must. I can't wait to make a second visit sometime soon.
*Our scoring system is out of 5. With 5 being the highest score.